Our favorite techniques for working with Straw Silk
Straw Silk... a fiber unlike anything else. We can't get enough of the unique texture it produces in the canvas.
Straw Silk is a great "accent thread" meaning, you probably wouldn't want to stitch a whole canvas in it... but it's a real stand out when you want to add extra texture!
This thread is wonderful for trees, leaves, wood, wicker- anything with a "natural" look to it. They even have some beautiful blues for water and sky and a gorgeous white for snow (called "Cirrus Cloud").
Straw Silk can be used on both 13 and 18 count canvas without a problem. If it's too thick on 18 count, you can consider splitting the thread in half down the middle and basketweaving with it.
One of our favorite techniques for it is to do long and short stitches for tree bark. This is a technique that doesn't diagram well, as you will want to use the painting on the canvas as a guide for where you place your stitches. Take a look at the example below in our new Bauble Stocking Kit.
You can even use it for some very cool Turkey Work!
Don't delay, treat yourself to a few skeins today and play around with this fun fiber today. You'll be delighted that you did!